Retail prices in Northern Virginia for the "Market Basket," a fixed quantity [WORD ILLEGIBLE] surveyed each month by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, rose by 3 percent in July over June. This month's prices were 14.4 percent higher than prices in July a year ago. The Market Basket includes 40 of the 72 items priced each month at selected stores in the Northern Virginia area.

Shoppers in Northern Virginia paid higher prices for 43 of the 72 items priced. Nineteen items were lower than last month with 10 remaining unchanged.

Decreases in meat prices showed veal cutlets down 40.5 cents per pound, whole ham 13.9 cents per pound, bacon 12 cents per pound and chuck roast 9.3 cents per pound. Rib roast gained 15 cents per pound, pork chops 11.2 cents per pound.

Frozen haddock rose 8.6 cents per pound and tuna fish 7.3 cents per 61/2 ounce can.

In the fruit and vegetable category, white potatoes jumped 83.1 cents per 10 pounds, oranges 25.6 cents per dozen, tomatoes 21.3 cents per pound, celery 16.5 cents per stalk, carrots 9.5 cents per pound, apples 6.5 cents per pound and green beans 6.1 cents per pound. Lettuce fell 21.6 cents per head and cabbage 7.1 cents per pound. Due to sales in the area, regular ground coffee dropped 11.4 cents per pound bag.

The cost of the Market Basket is as follows:(TABLE) (COLUMN)July(COLUMN)June (COLUMN)1977(COLUMN)1978(COLUMN)1978 No. Virginia(COLUMN)$46.82(COLUMN)$51.98(COLUMN)$53.57 Richmond(COLUMN) 45.29(COLUMN) 49.12(COLUMN) 50.08 Norfolk, Virginia(COLUMN)(COLUMN)(COLUMN) Beach, Portsmouth(COLUMN) 44.82(COLUMN)49.48(COLUMN)50.61(END TABLE)